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In Chicago, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Ave.

In Chicago, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Ave.

Fresh from designing the spectacular Wright restaurant in New York’s Guggenheim Museum, architect Andre Kikoski  has now conquered Chicago. His design for Sophie’s, up on the seventh floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, is now open to the public. Open is the operative word here. “Other dining rooms are cloistered away behind [...]

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In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

Ubiquitous, overbuilt and underutilized, urban parking decks are going the way of the dinosaur. “About 50 percent are empty at all times,” says Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). “The rate of private auto use for commuting is dropping – 99 of 100 urban areas have [...]

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Arquitectonica’s Diplomatic Statement

Arquitectonica’s Diplomatic Statement

Arquitectonica recently scored a Trifecta with its new School of International and Public Affairs for Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, providing architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. A+A interviewed members of the team that designed it all, via email, for posts today and tomorrow: Why this form? The School of [...]

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America’s Public Library: The Legacy

America’s Public Library: The Legacy

Photographer Robert Dawson’s seen a great deal of change overcome the nation’s public libraries during the 18 years he’s been shooting them. “Libraries are under threat, with their hours and funding cut back,” he says. “But they’re now used more than at any other time, so I wanted to bring attention to something pretty vital [...]

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Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

By Nadine McCarthy Kahane Deeply influenced by the rich mythology of Turkey, Aida Bergsen has transitioned her art from sculpture to jewelry design. “Even the simplest street of Istanbul is an inspiration to me with its eclectic nature” Bergsen says. Countless civilizations have traversed Istanbul’s streets, forming what Aida calls a “social mosaic” in the [...]

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A Mosaics Exhibition at Magic Gardens

A Mosaics Exhibition at Magic Gardens

If you’re going to host a juried exhibition of up-and-coming mosaic artists, there’s probably no more apt venue than Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens in Philadelphia. That was the thinking of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia, anyway. And when Shattering Expectations: Mosaic 2014 opened in early March, the location paid off in spades. “We put it [...]

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Restoring the Facade at the Plaza Hotel

Restoring the Facade at the Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, newly renovated and converted from 800 rooms to 282 with 165 condominiums, has now undergone a complete facelift for its exterior façade. A+A recently interviewed managing director George Cozonis regarding the extent of the work on architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh’s 1907 masterpiece: Why renovate the exterior now? One of our [...]

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Latino Art and Illustrations in Carolina

Latino Art and Illustrations in Carolina

Jennifer Dasal is on a mission. The associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art is dedicated to bringing Latino graphic art and illustrations out into the mainstream. “There’s a lack of diversity and so few Latino illustrators and art in books,” she says. “It’s still a homogenous field – but [...]

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In Richmond, Va., a Blues Triumvirate

In Richmond, Va., a Blues Triumvirate

After retiring from VCU 10 years ago, a gifted Chuck Scalin began teaching courses in collage and assemblage at Richmond’s Studio School of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Now he’s pulled together a group exhibition, selecting 10 students from the more than 200 he’s worked with during the past 10 years. Among them is Ann Rudy, whose Blues Triumvirate resonates emotionally across the Artspace [...]

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In Los Angeles, Luxury at the Carlyle

In Los Angeles, Luxury at the Carlyle

If you wanted to showcase a new luxury collection for interior design in Los Angeles, there’s probably no loftier spot than the 21st floor of the Carlyle Residences on Wilshire Boulevard. The views alone are worth the price of admission: “Facing northeast there are views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Getty Center, and UCLA [...]

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